February 1, 2023 1:26 pm

New Year Message: UCCIMA Chief Servant calls for the advancing of SMEs in Nigeria


Umuahia Chamber of Commerce Industry, Mines and Agriculture, UCCIMA has called for the advancing of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises in Nigeria in a new year message.

Chief Chidi Aruoma

According to a release signed and made available to newsmen in Umuahia by Chief Nkem Aruoma, the UCCIMA President, the Chamber also maintained that civility is good for business and as such, the Organized Private Sector, OPS should work in harmony in 2023 to promote positive discourse and solutions-oriented civic engagement.

He encouraged entrepreneurs in Nigeria to remain undaunted and consistent in applying innovative methods and strategies to sustain their businesses, adding that “operators of small and medium scale businesses should not relent but continue to advocate for improved business climate in Nigeria”.

Aruoma also joined calls on the governments to intensify its efforts in providing the technology and digital infrastructure well needed for new business techniques in line with current realities.

Chief Aruoma pointed out that UCCIMA laid plans and activities to market the Chamber to the world in 2022 which resulted to the agreements signed with, Afro Business Promotion Federation, (India) NASCIB (Bangladesh) Kharkov chamber of commerce (Ukraine), adding, “In 2023, UCCIMA will consolidate efforts for Trade and Educational collaborations with other Chambers and Institutions in Nigeria, Africa, Asia and Europe”.

“We aim at marketing UCCIMA and Abia State Small, Medium and Cottage industries to the world market and I encourage trade groups in the OPS to join hands with us”, Aruoma appealed.

The UCCIMA Chief Servant while felicitating citizens on the New Year celebrations, further called on governments at all levels to work towards promoting a friendly business policies in 2023, as according to him, when there are friendly business policies in the country, business will thrive and it would result in economy development.

“Foreign investors can only come to invest in Abia State and Nigeria when there’s an enabling environment, power, security, good road network”, Chief Aruoma pointed out.

He also called on the Federal Ministry of Transport to look into the railway system from the South-south, Southeast and the Northern part of the country as its effectiveness will help business growth.

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